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1st Black Firehouse of Springfield
Join us as Kathryn Harris interviews Ken Page about the 1st Black Firehouse in Springfield. The First Black Firehouse in Springfield was constructed in 1901 and was dedicated as the First Black Firehouse for African American Firefighters and the only firehouse in the city where African American Firefighters were allowed to work. The men from this firehouse answered the fire alarm for the homes that were torched during the Springfield, Illinois 1908 Race Riot. The tragedies from this event lead to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

May 18, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Ken Page
Ken retired from the State of Illinois after 38 years of employment. He spent the last 25 years and Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Alabama. Selma, Alabama is his hometown. After graduating he moved to Springfield to attend Sangamon State University now UIS. Ken is the past president of the Springfield Branch of the NAACP. He was president during the 100th Anniversary of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot that was the catalyst in the formation of the NAACP. He is currently the president of the Springfield Chapter of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union. He is a Prince Hall Mason of Central Lodge #3. Central Lodge #3 owns the 1st Black Firehouse in Springfield, Illinois.